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Flag of Earth by Oskar Pernefeldt


The International Flag of Planet Earth

Imagine a situation where humans are representing Earth at a meeting somewhere in a galaxy. What would a flag of Earth look like? There are many alternatives since a number of Earth flags have been made over the last two hundred years. One of the most famous flags is the International Flag of Planet Earth, designed by Oskar Pernefeldt. 

 

The flag of Earth was designed in 2015 during a time when our world was experiencing many problems and challenges such as climate, refugees, and poverty. One of Pernefeldt’s approaches is that symbols can create a powerful shift of perspective that can impact human behavior, where the flag is a symbol for Earth and an important reminder that we share this planet. 

 

Another of Pernefeldt’s ideas was that even Earth would need to be represented at some point in the future. According to the International Flag of Planet Earth Organisation (IFOPE-O), a foundation he initiated,  the flag will remind people of the message it represents as regarding social, cultural, environmental, and economic aspects.

 

When it comes to symbolism, Pernefledt’s view is that many  people don’t feel an emotional connection to their home country, but they can still see themselves as global citizens. In situations like that, the flag can make a difference and provide support in daily life. For example, the white circles represent the continents and the connectivity between humans. 

 

 

 

It remains to see when and where the flag will be used to symbolize and represent Earth in space, for example, on a public or private space mission to Mars. The flag is also very similar to the Earth Flag, and people are often mixing up the flags. Anyway, despite certain design differences, the International Flag of Planet Earth and the Earth Flag are based on the same values, ambitions, and ideas of uniting our humanity and contributing to a sustainable and peaceful planet.

 

This International Flag of Planet Earth is now also available in the EarthFlag Store on this page and is soon available made of hemp.

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Emerging Peace Flag

White Blue White Flag

 Since the start of the Russian invasion and occupation war against Ukraine in late February, a new type of flag has emerged. The flag has been created based on the
Russian Federation flag is known as the “Russian peace flag”, “Stop the war flag”,  
beautiful Russia of the future”, “peace and freedom flag”. The new flag has partly been created as an alternative to the current Russian flag and partly made as an anti-war symbol.  

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Photo via Wikimedia Commons - White Blue White flag being held in Toronto, Canada.

The information about the Russian peace flag is still very limited and recent. The flag has been shown for the first time at the beginning of March mainly outside of Russia as in European cities such as Berlin, Amsterdam, and London. 

 

Photo via Wikimedia Commons – White Blue White flag during a demonstration in Tbilisi, capital of Georgia 

 

According to the Russian and English speaking portal Meduza, which presents itself as a part of the Russian democratic opposition to the authoritarian regime, the flag has been created by several individuals and networks engaged in art, culture, and democracy. One of the creators of the flag is Berlin-based user experience (UX) designer Kai Katonina. 

 

Based on an interview with her, the red color of the Russian flag is representing blood and violence.  According to her, different versions of the flag are being made around the world and that is ok since it is hard to demand from everyone to make only one version. Also, it is about showing that many Russians are against the war, dictatorship, and corruption of the current Russian regime. 

 

 The White Blue White flag is brought to the world by https://whitebluewhite.info

 

Similar to the White Blue White Flag, the Earth Flag was also made with blue and white colors to promote peace, planetary solidarity, and unity. Because to solve common problems and challenges such as regarding climate change, wars, and pollution, our humanity needs more cooperation in order to shape a better future for all humans and other living beings. To represent peace with a symbol that represents the Earth and all life on it, you can get a flag here.

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The first flag on the Moon – the University of Bern and symbol of Switzerland

Photo via Feedloader (Clickability) 

In 1969, a group of American astronauts landed on Moon. This was the first time humans came to the Moon and started exploring it. The historically famous Moon landing is, among other things, famous for the photo of astronaut Buzz Aldrin showing the American flag. What is less known is that the astronauts raised another object with a flag before the American flag was raised.  

How is this the case? Well, the astronauts were on the Moon also in order to conduct scientific experiments. One of their assignments was to place equipment necessary to analyze the official name of the Solar Wind Composition Experiment (SWC).  As the biggest star in our Milky Way Galaxy, Sun has its flux of charged particles, called the ‘solar wind’, reminding of fire sparks. 

Photo via Wikimedia Commons

The SWC experiment was the first measurement of the solar wind’s noble gases composition on the Moon. The aim was to measure and sample the solar wind outside the Earth’s magnetosphere

Academics made the SWC instrument at the University of Bern under the supervision of Johannes Geiss, one of the contemporary world-leading physicists. The SWC experiment was one of the few to be made on every lunar landing mission,  and it was the only non-USA-made experiment to be part of the Apollo landings. 

Screenshot via Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. 

The SWC instrument consisted of an aluminum foil sheet, 1.4 m by 0.3 m, fixed to a pole facing the Sun. Before the mission, Professor Geiss managed to convince NASA to deploy the SWC instrument before unfurling the US flag. This was not done for symbolic reasons but in order to maximize the foil’s exposure time and contribute to better analysis.  

Screenshot via swissinfo.ch

On Apollo 11, the foil was exposed to the Sun for 77 minutes, allowing solar wind particles to lodge themselves. The foil was subsequently sent to Earth for analysis in a laboratory. This allowed for a more precise determination of the chemical makeup of the implanted particles than would be achievable if assessed remotely.

Before launch, someone from the Swiss psychists team suggested attaching a Swiss flag inside the roll of foil, so that it would be the first flag placed by a man on the Moon! Thereby, the first man-made identity symbols on the Moon consisted of the Swiss flag and the University of Bern. Afterward, this experiment came also to be called the “Swiss flag experiment”. 

Among other findings of the Apollo 11 mission was that the later analysis concluded that Moon formed hot, that it was magmatically active for at least 800 million years, and that the surface-blanket of dusty rubble contains a treasure trove of evidence of how the Moon formed.

One of the Earth Flag Foundation’s missions in space and our galaxy is to ensure that the Earth Flag is utilized during space missions and travel. Now that space travel has grown more popular and common through private and crowdfunded initiatives, this is easier to do now. Hopefully, this will be able to achieve at some time in the 2020s, with the aid of our readers and community members. The Earth Flag will be used on upcoming research missions and space travel as a result of this.

 

 

 

 

 

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Short history of the Ecology Flag

Photo via Wikimedia Commons 

During the 1960s and 1970s, as the environmentalist movement was developing in the USA, different individuals and organizations made several “ecology flags”. One of the contemporary flags that became more famous and is still used today is the “Ecology Flag”. 

A flag for the environment 

The Ecology Flag was based on the American flag due to the stripes in white and green. These colors, among other things, symbolize life and ecology. 

Ecology Flag used at Earth Day manifestation in 2017 in the USA. Photo via Wikimedia Commons. 

The flag also has a letter Θ or “theta” from the Greek alphabet that in old Greek was used as an abbreviation for “thanatos” meaning death. In the case of the Ecology Flag, it was also about making a symbolic message that humans cannot live on a dead planet. 

The first version of the flag was made during the late 1960s. However, the last and current version was made by political cartoonist Rob Cobb who added Θ to the flag. Thereby, Cobb became the creator of the Ecology Flag by publishing its image and an article about it in the Los Angeles Free Press newspaper in 1969.

Cobb’s intention was partly to combine letters e from the environment and o from organism by merging e and o into Θ, and partly to highlight the human threats to the environment and atmosphere of the Earth. 

The first demonstrations and protests

Screenshot Smithsonian Magazine. 

One of the first examples of usage of the flag was done by academic Betsy Boze, who in 1970 was an environmental activist. Boze used Cobb’s image and made an Ecology Flag by herself and used it in demonstrations for environmental care and against pollution. 

Another example is a biology teacher called Raymond Bruzan, who in 1970 at Lanphier High School in Springfield, Illinois, turned his classroom into the “Environmental Action Center”. He wanted together with his students to debate what they could do to protest the nation’s polluted air and water on the first Earth Day, April 22.

After discussions, Buzan and around 60-70 students decided to stage a symbolic and mock funeral procession for “the dead Earth ” due to environmental pollution. They marched to the Illinois State Capitol (parliament assembly), where they would present the lieutenant governor with anti-pollution petitions signed by more than 1,000 people.

Modern usage for modern environmentalism

Screenshot via Berkshire Community College. 

One of the latest examples of usage of the Ecology Flag is from the Earth Day celebration at the Berkshire Community College in the state of Massachusetts.

The flag has since March 2017 been flying at half-staff as a symbol of the “forceful and unprecedented assault on the environment”. During Earth Day, it was raised completely while staff and students highlighted the college’s recycling accomplishments and the involvement in the Campus Waste to Zero Waste project. 

When it comes to Earth Day and its importance or global environmental awareness, the Earth Flag can also be described as an ecology flag since the EarthFlag is based on values such as planetary awareness, sustainability, and cooperation.

Thereby highlighting the importance of climate and environment partly via the blue color symbolizing water and seas and the production of EarthFlag using recycled plastics and hemp. Hemp will be an important part of the future planetary circular economy that we as humanity can co-create and develop together.  

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Garry Davis and the World Flag

Photo via WOUB Public Media

Have you ever heard about Garry Davis? He is famous for being “world citizen number one” since he started the idea of making world citizenship. In his activism for peace, world citizenship, and global democracy Davis also used a world flag that later became a symbol for the world federalist movement and similar organizations. The flag looks like this.

Photo via Wikimedia Commons

 

A World Flag for a World Government and World Citizens 

The flag came initially to be used by World Service, an organization started by Davis and other world federalists. For Davis and others, World Service was created to function as a public institution, later as a World Citizen Government, for all humans worldwide by issuing World Passports

From what is known, the flag was created during the first half of the 1950s, as in 1953-1954. For example, the following photo of Davis holding the flag outside of the United Nations Building was taken in 1954 by German-based newspaper Passauer Neue Presse. At that time, Davis had already renounced his American citizenship in favor of only having world citizenship. 

As you can see on the flag, it contains the following symbols and words:

  • Circle and globe, as a symbol for Earth, our planet for all humanity
  • The human body, as a symbol of human solidarity, humanism, and humanity across the planet
  • Freedom, peace, and abundance describe ideas and principles that all humans should value, cherish, and believe in co-existing and cooperating as world citizens.

Legacy and engagement 

Until his death in 2013, Davis was active as a peace activist and advocate of world government, democracy, and citizenship. His ideas and legacy have inspired many individuals and movements across the world, such as, for example, Democracy Without Borders global NGO promoting the establishment of a World Parliament. Similarly, the Earth Flag community is engaged for a unified, regenerative, and sustainable planet where all humans can live in peace, harmony, and freedom by creating common institutions. 

There is a long history of individuals and movements making flags in order to create symbols and affections representing the world, humanity, and our planet as a whole. What makes the EarthFlag unique and modern is that its production is based on sustainability and climate-friendly behaviors that are important for the ongoing process of ecological transformation, post-carbon economy, and the future of our world.